By Vic Diaz (@TheVicDiaz)
In an attempt to utilize Walmart’s advertised “Price Match Guarantee,” an Arizona resident has been banned from the chain for life. As he was trying to get the store to match its prices to a competitor’s advertisement, Joe Cantrell was told by a store associate that the price match was not possible when trying to buy a Christmas tree. After asking to speak to management, according to Cantrell, the associate then contacted local police, who later handcuffed him and received a lifetime ban from the retailer.
Cantrell said, “I felt shamed. I felt like I was the bad guy. And I know I’m not a bad guy.”
Walmart said that the call to police was made after Cantrell allegedly made threats of physical harm toward the associate. In a statement, Walmart said, “We make every effort to make sure our customers have a good experience in our stores. As in previous situations, we attempted to work with this customer. However, in this situation, the associate felt unsafe and so we contacted local law enforcement. We are continuing to cooperate with law enforcement on their investigation.”
According to Cantrell, however, he made no such threats as he is disabled due to an injury sustained during his career as a professional wrestler, which caused him to retire.
“I have never threatened anybody in my life because I have too much to lose. My kids mean the world to me. If I threaten somebody that puts my family in jeopardy,” Cantrell said, “I get a little emotional about this because I’m disabled, after eight years in the ring as a professional wrestler and lots of injuries, I can’t do what I used to do for a living anymore.”
Cantrell is currently facing charges of intimidation, threatening and disorderly conduct and continues to be banned from the store.